Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1992

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Richard Atkinson


The present study investigated the moderating influences of hypnotic susceptibility and posthypnotic suggestions on induction of lucid dreams. Forty two subjects - 13 high, 14 medium, and 15 low hypnotizables - were selected for inclusion in the study. All subjects were screened for hypnotic susceptibility levels initially on the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic susceptibility (HGSHS:A), then later on the Group Stanford Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (GSHSS:C). Subjects were then required to maintain a dream diary for 2 weeks, after which they were given a posthypnotic suggestion to increase their frequency of lucid dreaming. Subjects were then asked to maintain their dream diaries for another 2 weeks. A two-way analysis of variance failed to yield significant differences as a function of hypnotic susceptibility (F(2,39) = .46, ns) Similarly, the frequency of lucid dreams failed to increase as a function of the posthypnotic suggestion (F(1,39) = .36, ns). Implications for theory, practice, and future research were discussed.


Copyright 1992 Vicki L. Holoubeck-Arnold


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